Are Headaches a Sign of Brain Tumor?
We have all experienced headaches at some point in our lives and most of them are not a cause of concern. A headache that seems a little more painful than usual and feels different from a typical tension headache or migraine can be an alarming situation of having a serious health condition. There can be several medical reasons that can cause a headache including a brain tumor.
What are the different types of headaches?
Headaches are categorized into two types:
- Primary headaches
- Secondary headaches
Primary headaches may include:
- Cluster headaches
- Tension headaches
Secondary headaches are generally caused due to underlying factors such as serious medical conditions.
Symptoms of a brain tumor headache:
Most of the headaches in healthy people can occur due to several reasons. The American Brain Tumor Association states that symptoms of brain tumors may differ and mostly depend on the pain, size, and exact location of the tumor in the brain. Brain tumors in the early stage may have no noticeable symptoms but it causes headaches when the tumor in the brain grows large enough to put pressure on the nerves. One must consult a doctor if he/she is experiencing various conditions like frequent headaches, different kinds of headaches, or changes in the severity of headaches, etc. as it may indicate the presence of a brain tumor.
What do brain tumor headaches feel like?
If you are experiencing frequent and persistent headaches you can consult doctors at Yashoda Hospitals and Research Centre Nehru Nagar Ghaziabad. They can help you in diagnosing the cause of the headaches.
Various other headache symptoms related to brain tumors may include:
- Severe headache that wakes you up at night
- Change in the headache pain with the change in the position of the person
- Headaches do not respond to various pain-relieving medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), etc.
- Prolonged and persistent headaches for days or weeks.
- Waking up frequently with a headache may be a sign of having a tumor.
When to see a doctor?
A new, unusual, or persistent headache is already a red flag and could be a cause of concern if it can’t be treated normally with general medications like pain relievers, etc. It is high time to consult a doctor. These headaches can be caused due to brain tumors.
Here are some cases in which one must consider to visit a doctor:
- If a person has been diagnosed with cancer and experiencing headaches.
- If the headaches become intense and severe with everyday activities.
- If a person is experiencing permanent dizziness or loss of balance
- A person may feel pressure in the back of the head.
- Severe headaches may also accompanied by nausea or vomiting
- A person may experience seizures and may not be able to speak.
- People may also suffer from vision-related disorders like double or blurred vision.
- Sudden change in personality such as emotional withdrawal or becoming confused easily.
- A person may feel weakness or loss of sensation especially on one side of the body.
A headache should be immediately evaluated if it continues to worsen with no response to typical measures. A headache may be the most common symptom in the case of a brain tumor. It is always advisable to consult a doctor whenever you have health-related concerns like persistent headaches which may accompany other symptoms. You can also consult with doctors at Yashoda Hospitals and Research Centre Nehru Nagar Ghaziabad as they can help you in diagnosing the cause of the headache which can be due to a brain tumor. As earlier they detect the cause of the headache, the sooner they can proceed with the treatment plan for positive outcomes.
Dr. (Brig.) Yadvendra Singh Sirohi is a highly experienced and well-regarded renowned neurologist in Delhi NCR with over 24 years of experience, Dr. (Brig.) Yadvendra Singh Sirohi is serving as a Senior Consultant in neurology at Yashoda Hospital, Ghaziabad.
Dr. Atul Gupta is an expert doctor with an experience of 29 years in the field of neurosurgery. He specializes in performing surgeries like brain tumor, cerebrovascular, epilepsy, and spine surgery.
Dr. Puneet Malik is one of the best neurologists with an experience of 10 years in performing large numbers of complex brain and spinal cord surgeries. He specialises in removing clots, conducting tumor surgeries, brain bleed stoppage, etc. with great precision and care.
Dr. Neeraj Agarwal is a neurologist trained at various renowned government colleges and hospitals in India. Dr. Agrawal has over 20 years of experience in the medical field with over 12 years of experience in neurology.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is a neurologist at Yashoda Hospital, Ghaziabad. He is one of the best neurologists in Delhi and has experience of 14+ years in the medical field.
Dr. Shishir Kumar is one of the best Neurosurgeons, neurointerventionists, and Endoscopic Spine surgeons in the Delhi/NCR region with more than 9 years of experience. Dr. Shishir Kumar is working at the Neurosciences Centre of Yashoda Hospital at all three locations: Nehru Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.